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Five alumni return as teachers for 2023-24

August 21, 2023
By Archbishop Carroll High School

Archbishop Carroll High School is welcoming back five alumni as teachers for the 2023-24 academic year.

“We are delighted to welcome five highly-qualified, energetic, and faith-filled women to our faculty for the 2023-2024 school year,” Principal Matt Sableski '91 said.  “The fact that they are all graduates of Archbishop Carroll High School is certainly an added bonus.  To me, it is very telling that so many of our graduates who go into education have a desire to come back to their alma mater and contribute to our great community.”

Ms. Brooke Butler '17

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

College:  The Ohio State University

Years working in education: Two

Classes I teach: Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Intro to Guitar, and Study Hall

What am I looking forward to this year?: I'm excited to help lead the band to achieve performance excellence throughout the marching, concert, and jazz seasons. I'm also ecstatic to support more students that I might not normally have a chance to connect with through the House System. Ultimately, I'm thrilled to pay it forward as a teacher -- Carroll provided so many opportunities to make fond memories and develop the character and academic confidence to be successful upon graduation. Our current students deserve that as well.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?: I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, nature walks, biking, arranging and composing music, reading/learning, and playing trumpet in a variety of Brass Bands and Wind Ensembles.

Ms. Dana Koesters '17

Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio

College:  University of Dayton

Years working in education: Three

Classes I teach: Spanish II and AP Spanish

What am I looking forward to this year?: Creating new opportunities for students to learn Spanish while working alongside the teachers who inspired me.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?: Training my goldendoodle puppy


Ms. Gretchen Obergefell '19

Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio

College:  University of Dayton

Years working in education: This is my first year teaching.

Classes I teach: Physics and Physical Science

What am I looking forward to this year?: Getting to know my students and spending time with my Family Room

How do you enjoy spending your free time?: I enjoy hiking and being outdoors.

Mrs. Cassandra (Weitz) Shea '07

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

College:  Ohio Dominican University

Years working in education: This is my first year teaching.

Classes I teach: Church & Sacraments, Intro to Scripture, Morality, and Discipleship

What am I looking forward to this year?: I am most looking forward to helping our students strengthen their relationships with themselves, their peers, and most importantly, Jesus.  I hope they leave my class with a better understanding of the love that our Father has for them and carry that into the next stage of their lives.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?: I love spending time with my husband and our four kids at their many sporting events.

Ms. Lydia Stickel '19

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

College:  University of Dayton

Years working in education: This is my first year teaching.

Classes I teach: Intro to Literature and Experiences in Literature

What am I looking forward to this year?: Meeting all of my students and going to marching band competitions

How do you enjoy spending your free time?: I enjoy reading and crocheting (just not not at the same time!)

Posted in Voices of Learning

Carroll Alum Makes Broadway History in "The Phantom of the Opera" Finale

May 01, 2023
By Archbishop Carroll High School

Since its opening in January of 1988, more than 6,500 artists have delighted 20 million theatergoers throughout 13,981 performances of The Phantom of the Opera during its 35 year run. Kyle Anderson ‘07 played in the pit orchestra for the show’s final six weeks, including the historic closing night of the longest running production in Broadway history.

Anderson’s involvement with the legendary Broadway musical began in August of 2022 when he became the french horn substitute for the show. He had played off and on before taking a long-term substitute position for the show’s final six weeks, including the curtain call on April 16, 2023. It was during that six week stay that Anderson became very close with his fellow pit orchestra colleagues, 11 of whom had been playing with the show since the beginning of the production, years before Anderson was even born. “It didn’t matter how long you had been there,” Kyle said, “Everyone was close, especially with all of the emotions about the close (of the show).”

Kyle Anderson '07 (center)

“Bittersweet” was a common feeling for Anderson and the rest of the cast and crew during those final six weeks, as some orchestra members were moving on to other gigs and others were retiring after making The Phantom of the Opera their lifelong career. “It was bittersweet for me too because I had just started bonding with everyone and had had six full weeks there (with eight shows per week),” he said.

Anderson had the pleasure of playing under the show’s music supervisor and conductor, David Caddick, who had been with the show since its initial workshop days prior to its Broadway run. As standard practice for musicians entering a Broadway show, Anderson was given a video of Caddick conducting to rehearse with at home, and he was able to sit in the pit orchestra during one of the shows to read through the orchestral score. Unlike other Broadway gigs, however, Kyle had three rehearsals with the full pit, as new music was added to the show’s closing for when the show’s creator, Andrew Lloyd Webber, its producers, and the original cast members joined the final cast members onstage at the end of the show.

He recalled the electricity buzzing throughout the Majestic Theatre on closing night. “I had never heard (an audience) reception like that. Every time somebody came onstage, the audience went wild, and it was just crazy,” he remembered.

Though his experience with Phantom was an incredible moment in his career, it was not his Broadway debut, nor was it the first time he had played in a pit orchestra. Kyle started playing the piano at age five and then switched to the french horn when he was ten. It was then that he knew that he wanted to make a career out of playing the horn, hoping to someday play in a symphony orchestra.

During his time at Archbishop Carroll High School, Kyle was very involved in the music program, and he recalls the valuable lessons he learned from current Music Department chair Mr. Carl Soucek and the other directors involved with the program during Kyle’s time playing in the concert band, musical pit orchestras, and the marching band. “I just remember it being a fun time – that it never felt like work. I carry that positive, fun, competitive attitude to what I do today,” Anderson said. He also fondly recalled his involvement in the pit orchestras for the Muse Machine musicals as well.

After graduating from high school, Kyle continued his french horn studies at Julliard, and he has been involved with several ensembles and symphonies since. His involvement with the American Symphony Orchestra led Kyle to work with the principal horn player for Phantom, and an opportunity arose. Having worked with additional Broadway pit orchestra professionals, Anderson had networking connections that allowed him to first audition for a horn substitute seat on his first Broadway show, The Lion King, in September of 2019. He will play his 100th show there this May.

In addition to The Lion King, he is currently the french horn seat substitute for four additional Broadway productions. He plays horn for Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Camelot, and he accompanies Josh Groban in the new revival of Sweeny Todd. This May, he will add more Broadway history to his resume when he started playing as the substitute french horn player for New York, New York, the new adaptation of John Kander and the late Fred Ebb’s score with additional lyrics from Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Channeling the positive energy and fun he learned from his Patriot music ensembles, Kyle says he is enjoying turning his everyday job into a passion and hobby. “It’s fun to play these new shows,” Anderson said. He feels like he is at the top of his game and that he has “made it.” In the future, he hopes to secure a more permanent chair position in a Broadway musical, like many of his colleagues had while playing for The Phantom of the Opera. That experience, for Anderson, “was probably one of the largest moments in my career so far, and I think it’s going to be hard to top that."

Posted in Familiar Voices

Evelyn Myers '24: Student of the Week April 28, 2022

April 28, 2022
By Carroll High School
Student of the Week Evelyn Myers '24: April 28, 2022

Evelyn Myers '24, Mercy House, with Mr. Aaron West '07

Evelyn’s work ethic pushes her to stand out among her peers in her success in the classroom, on stage, and in extra-curricular activities.  As a member of Carroll’s color guard, Evelyn’s performance qualities are captivating and draw you into her performance.

-Mr. Aaron West '07

What activities do you participate in?

I participate in Marching Band and also perform in Winter Guard.

What's your favorite part of being a student at Carroll?

My favorite part of being a student at Carroll is how involved the community is and the many activities the school has to offer. There are so many clubs and sports available for anyone to join.

What should school “do” for you?

School should be a safe place to further your education and also your relationships with others. It should be an area where everyone is comfortable to share their thoughts and learn important life lessons.

What’s a lesson you learned when you overcame a difficult obstacle?

I learned the importance of resting when you need to, so you don’t break. If things aren’t working out the way that you wanted, it is best to take a step back and reevaluate the problem

What’s your biggest dream in life?

My biggest dream in life is to become better at viola and art, so I can eventually share what I enjoy with others.  Most importantly, I want to have a family with a lot of cats.

How do you like spending your free time?

I enjoy spending time with my cats, reading, listening to music, drawing, playing video games, and making smoothies.

Posted in Voices of Tomorrow

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